Commencement Weekend
May 12 - 14, 2017

Honorary Degree Recipients

Duke recognizes honorary degree recipients at the university-wide commencement ceremony in May. This year's honorary degree recipients will be announced around March 2016. Listed below are recipients from the last 12 years. For a complete list, please visit the Board of Trustees' website: trustees.duke.edu/honorary-degrees/past-recipients.

2016 
William FoegeDoctor of Science
Risa Lavizzo-MoureyDoctor of Humane Letters
Charlie RoseDoctor of Humane Letters
Natasha TretheweyDoctor of Humane Letters
Srinivasa VaradhanDoctor of Science

2015
France Córdova, Doctor of Science
Michael Feinberg and David Levin, Doctor of Humane Letters (jointly)
Renée Fleming, Doctor of Arts
Rakesh Jain, Doctor of Science
Harold Mooney, Doctor of Science
McCoy Tyner, Doctor of Arts

2014
Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Doctor of Science
Erskine B. Bowles, Doctor of Laws
Susan M. Hockfield, Doctor of Humane Letters
Walter Isaacson, Doctor of Humane Letters
W. Delano Meriwether, Doctor of Science

2013
Marguerite Barankitse (Maggy), Doctor of Humane Letters 
Max Dale Cooper, Doctor of Science        
David Sean Ferriero, Doctor of Humane Letters      
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters     
Melinda Gates, Doctor of Humane Letters    
William Hunt Gross (Bill), Doctor of Laws      
Judith A. Jamison, Doctor of Arts      

2012
James Barksdale, Doctor of Laws
Nancy Brinker, Doctor of Humane Letters
Emmylou Harris, Doctor of Arts
Darryl Hunt, Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert Coleman Richardson, Doctor of Science
Fareed Zakaria, Doctor of Humane Letters

2011 
John T. Chambers, Doctor of Science
Rita Dove, Doctor of Literature
James B. Hunt, Jr., Doctor of Laws
Alan C. Page, Doctor of Humane Letters
Lisa Randall, Doctor of Science
Eric K. Shinseki, Doctor of Humane Letters
Tan Chorh Chuan, Doctor of Science

2010
Temple Grandin, Doctor of Humane Letters
Joel Klein, Doctor of Humane Letters
Alasdair MacIntyre, Doctor of Humane Letters
Sir John Pendry, Doctor of Science
Muhammad Yunus, Doctor of Humane Letters

2009
Susan Athey, Doctor of Science
Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein, Doctor of Science
James Moeser, Doctor of Letters
Mario Molina, Doctor of Science
Indra Nooyi, Doctor of Laws 
Murray Perahia, Doctor of Fine Arts
Robert Redford, Doctor of Fine Arts
Oprah Winfrey, Doctor of Humane Letters

2008
Wendell Berry, Doctor of Literature
Helene Gayle, Doctor of Science
James Goodmon, Doctor of Laws
Barbara Kingsolver, Doctor of Humane Letters
Patricia Wald, Doctor of Laws

2007
Anita Jones, Doctor of Science
Peter Storey, Doctor of Humane Letters
Twyla Tharp, Doctor of Fine Arts
Florence Wald, Doctor of Humane Letters

2006
Steven Chu, Doctor of Science
Martin Eakes, Doctor of Humane Letters
Nina Totenberg, Doctor of Humane Letters
James Wyngaarden, Doctor of Science

2005
John H. Adams, Doctor of Laws
Robin Chandler Duke, Doctor of Humane Letters
Roald Hoffmann, Doctor of Science
Freeman A. Hrabowski, Doctor of Letters
Ricardo Lagos, Doctor of Laws
Mary Robinson, Doctor of Humane Letters

2004
Madeleine K. Albright, Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard J. Goldstone, Doctor of Laws
Phillip A. Griffiths, Doctor of Science
Oliver Smithies, Doctor of Science